How to Make Filled and Braided Bread

How to Make Filled and Braided Bread

Dennis Weaver Dennis Weaver Feb 28, 2024

It's easy to braid bread, at least a three-strand bread is.  You can go sweet or you can go savory. You can go filled, or not. You can go frosted, or not.

We've even gone chocolate--chocolate dough, chocolate filling, and chocolate frosting. Pretty scrumptious. But so is this cherry filled bread.

See the Chocolate Braided Bread version here.

Cherry Braided Bread With Cream Cheese Frosting

For this project, we made a cherry bread with a cream cheese frosting. We used a Country Farm White Bread Mix. But Buttermilk White Bread Mix works well too.  We used a cherry pastry filling but a pie filling or Chubby Cherry would have worked well.

The pictures are almost self explanatory but the instructions are below.

Dough for Braided Bread
Cherry Filling on Dough for Braided Bread
braided bread

Making Braided Bread
three bread braid
Braided Bread Making



Braided Bread Process
frosted braided bread
frosted braided bread with filling


  1. Follow the package directions or a recipe if you are using one. You can set your bread machine to the dough cycle and mix the bread in the machine or you can use your stand-type mixer.
  2. Place the bread dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled—about 1 1/2 hours. Prepare a large baking sheet by greasing and sprinkling with cornmeal.
  3. Once raised, use a knife to divide the dough into three equal pieces if you are using a one-loaf mix or recipe.
  4. With a rolling pin, roll the pieces into rectangles about 12 inches by 7 inches.
  5. Spread the filing to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Roll each rectangle long ways, pinwheel fashion, as if you were making miniature cinnamon rolls. Pinch the edges and ends to seal in the filling.
Braiding the Bread

Braid the three ropes as shown in a common three-strand braid just as if you were braiding pigtails. (Some people find it easier to create a symmetrical shape if they start braiding from the center.) When you get to the ends, wet them, pinch them together, and tuck them under. You should have a neat, symmetrical loaf when you are through. You can shape the loaf somewhat with your hands. If you don’t like how the loaf looks, simply pull the braids apart and start again.

Place the finished loaf on the prepared sheet. The formed loaf will be about 12-inches long but after rising and baking, it will be much longer so be sure to allow room on your sheet for expansion. Cover the loaf and let rise until doubled, about one hour.

Baking the Loaf
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bake the bread for 20 minutes then cover the bread with a large sheet of aluminum foil to protect the top.
  3. Continue baking for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the bread crust is a deep golden brown. The interior of the loaf should register 190 degrees with an insta-read thermometer.

Variations on Stuffed Bread

You can get very creative with your stuffed bread. For savory breads, try cooked sausage, pesto, cheese, and sautéed vegetables. For a glaze on your bread, use an egg wash before baking.

There are a thousand different sweet breads that you can make. Use spices, pastry fillings, dried fruit, purées, and cream cheese fillings. The next recipe is a good example.


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